Ubuntu’s Edge Gamble | LAS s28e01

Ubuntu’s Edge Gamble | LAS s28e01

Canonical hopes to smash crowdfunding recordings with their massive Ubuntu Edge campaign. We’ll share our thoughts on this effort, what the impacts are if it succeeds or fails, and why even an Ubuntu critic should be paying attention

Plus our reactions to ReactOS, a big batch of your emails…


All this week on, The Linux Action Show!

Plus our reactions to ReactOS, a big batch of your emails…


All this week on, The Linux Action Show!

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Ubuntu Edge: Things Just got Crazy


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In the car industry, Formula 1 provides a commercial testbed for cutting-edge technologies. The Ubuntu Edge project aims to do the same for the mobile phone industry – to provide a low-volume, high-technology platform, crowdfunded by enthusiasts and mobile computing professionals. A pioneering project that accelerates the adoption of new technologies and drives them down into the mainstream.

The specs:

  • Fastest multi-core CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage

  • 4.5in 1,280 x 720 HD sapphire crystal display

  • 8mp low-light rear camera, 2mp front camera

  • Dual-LTE, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, NFC

  • GPS, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer

  • Stereo speakers with HD audio, dual-mic recording, Active Noise Cancellation

  • MHL connector, 3.5mm jack

  • Silicon-anode Li-Ion battery

  • 64 x 9 x 124mm

  • Ubuntu Edge: Design process | Ubuntu Design Blog

In this post I will share some materials, stories and process during the development of the Ubuntu Edge.

OSCON 2013: Mark R. Shuttleworth “Redefining What’s Possible”

Victor Palau of Canonical shows how the Ubuntu Edge’s convergence will work, using a Nexus 4 as a demo unit.

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Update: After publishing this, a Mozilla spokesman got in touch with the following message:

“Today, Geeksphone announced the pre-sale of a new device based on Boot to Gecko technology. We want to clarify that this new phone that was announced is based on Boot to Gecko technology with pre-release software, but is not a certified or supported Firefox OS device.”

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The ReactOS software includes binary and source distributions of the latest ReactOS. This includes the kernel, various subsystems and some basic applications.


  • Installer looks straight outta NT4 / Win2k DOS days.

  • File system choices are FAT32 or ext2

  • In a future where ChromeOS and tablets are a viable platform for the majority of your computing, ReactOS could play the role of enabling legacy support for old Win32 apps. In a sense, further eliminating in shred of legitimacy the Windows platform could hold 7+ years out.

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